INFO IS DIRECTED MORE TO ACTIVE DUTY MARINES AND NOT RESERVE MARINES
SEEING AS RESERVIST DO NOT SEE THE SAME ISSUES AS ACTIVE MARINES ONCE
THEY SEPARATE FROM THE CORPS.
is very important that you clearly understand that what your life is
like after you have served in the Marine Corps is not always dictated by
what you did in the Corps.
Just because you serve in the Marine Corps,
this does not mean your civilian life will now be easier and that jobs
will come looking for you. It also doesn't mean that you will be vaulted
onto Wall St. or that you will end up homeless. You are most likely
going to succeed or fail in this life regardless if you serve in the
USMC/military or not.
If you serve one enlistment, basically
when you leave the USMC it will be very similar as to when you
graduated high school or college in the sense that you will or may feel
lost, unable to fit in, hesitant, or you may just want to take a year
off or so to relax. The amount of time you serve also plays a huge role
in how smoothly you can transition back to civilian life. Obviously the
less time you serve, the easier it will be to adapt. Don’t buy into the
bullshit that after serving just one enlistment you will be so
drastically changed that you won’t be able to adjust to society and this
applies to any job including infantry. How quickly you adapt back to
the civilian world will depend on your character/person, length of
service, what job you had, and whether you experienced something that
may of traumatized you. We are all different, so how quickly we adapt is
going to vary from person to person.
kind of job can I get after leaving the Marines" is a very common
question many of you ask. It all comes down to you. No job is going to
hire you just because you were a Marine. Any job you apply for you still
must pass their hiring process regardless of what you did in the Corps.
And just because you did a job in the Marines that you think translates
to a civilian job, this isn't gonna get you a free pass into that
civilian job. I cannot stress this point enough: At the end of the day
you are the one who must sell yourself to any prospective employer in
order to get hired and serving in the USMC isn't a free pass into any
job you may want.
also need to remember that the USMC is not in the business of giving
you future job skills, but they are getting better at it since it helps
with recruiting. If this happens while you serve, then great. If it
doesn’t then oh well, it is a Marine Corps and not a job corps program,
so remember that. The cold hard truth about why many Marine veterans
struggle once they leave the Corps is simply because this is who they
are and regardless if they served or not, they were bound to have
trouble finding work no matter what.
job you do in the Marines will help you once you get out, and very few
jobs translate directly into civilian jobs. What matters most is that you serve honorably. If
you suck at doing job interviews, then you may have a hard time landing
you have a specific career field you want to go into once you get out,
then yes, doing that job in the USMC will really help you. Please keep
in mind that at the ages of 17-21 most of you do not know what you want
to do later on in life. So when you pick a job in the USMC that you can
use later on in life, you are assuming you will enjoy this job as a
career and we all know how most young adults love to change their minds
When you pick a job in the Corps that you will want to do after
you get out, you need to remember this: You are assuming you will like
that job. You are also assuming that the job field will be hiring when
you get out. And you're assuming that the job field will be located near
you when you get out and you're assuming your USMC job will translate
and be accepted by the civilian world. This is why you must look at all
aspects of the job field before picking it. It is not as simple as you
picking job X and then getting out and hired in job X. It is important
to research the job you hope to one day have while in the USMC so you
can start preparing for it as soon as possible.